The Sky From Here
The last of our four exclusive live streamed performances by musicians and bands all with a connection to County Leitrim features the wonderful Charlie McGettigan who is joined by his very talented grandson Pádraig Bennett and Pádraig's younger brother Cathal.
Recorded live in The Dock the concert offers a mix of original songs by both Charlie and Pádraig. It also features a new song specially commissioned by The Dock from Charlie & Pádraig. Drumshanbo was the inspiration for that new song.
“It’s lovely to write songs about places you love - Spancil Hill, the Cliffs of Dooneen spring to mind - and I have written many such songs. However when asked to write a new song about my home place I thought it might be nice to get a young person’s perspective on my home place of Drumshanbo. My grandson Pádraig Bennett has been coming here since he was a baby seventeen years ago. He has always loved Drumshanbo and still loves coming here so the two of us set about writing “The magic of Drumshanbo Town”
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Charlie McGettigan started his musical career in the 1960s in various rock bands in Donegal. Moving to Dublin in 1968 he honed in on the thriving folk scene there at the time. In 1973, Charlie formed the highly successful group Jargon, which went on to win the prestigious Letterkenny Folk Festival, following in the footsteps of bands like Clannad and Pumpkinhead. Charlie’s songs have been recorded by many artists including Maura O’Connell and Eleanor Shanley, De Danann, Mary and Frances Black, Ray Lynam, Daniel O’Donnell, Sandy Kelly and Hal Ketchumto name but a few. Charlie joined forces with Paul Harrington and Brendan Grahamto win the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with“Rock n Roll Kids”.
Pádraig Bennett is a 16-year-old 5th year student at Maynooth Community College who has been studying music from an early age. He is an accomplished violin player currently studying for his Senior Certificate and also plays with the Dublin Youth Orchestra with whom he has performed many concerts at the National Concert Hall and other venues. Pádraig also sings with his award winning School Choirs and has toured both here in Ireland and abroad with them. During the government lockdown Pádraig began to focus on writing his own music. His first single‘ Two of Us’ is his creative expression of the lockdown and its impact on him and those around him. In short it’s an upbeat song with an optimistic view of the world even when things don’t look too bright.